In-depth study class

Foundation Programme in York
Studying ‘How to Understand the Mind’

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PLEASE NOTE: This study programme is currently held at Madhyamaka KMC, Pocklington.

How to Understand the Mind  This remarkable book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives. The first part is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. The second part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.


Foundation Programme – take your Buddhist meditation practice to the next level.

If you wish to deepen your experience of Buddha’s teachings and find meaning and lasting happiness in your modern life, you will enjoy the Foundation Program (FP). The Foundation Program is one of the three study programs taught in the New Kadampa Tradition that was founded by the renowned meditation master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Joining FP involves enrolling for a section of the book and trying to attend all the classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. You are welcome to attend a class before enrolling, and you can join at any time. The class fee is £35 per month, which entitles you to attend most classes and courses at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre and its branches.

The class is taught by Gen Kelsang Togden, Resident Teacher at Madhyamaka KMC, who teaches with a warmth and lightness that is naturally inspiring.

There are some commitments involved in the programme, please contact Education Programme Coordinator,, for further information or to try a free taster class at any time.

Other York Meditation Classes:

Thursday evening classes at the Friend’s Meeting House
Sunday morning classes at Miller’s Yard